The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic war film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well as Ken Watanabe, Shin Koyamada, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Timothy Spall and Billy Connolly. Inspired by a project by Vincent Ward, it interested Zwick, with Ward later serving as executive producer. The film production went ahead with Zwick and was shot in Ward’s native New Zealand.
(watching the Imperial Army's target practice)
Algren: I suppose we should be grateful they're all firing in the same direction.
Zebulon Gant: Couldn't have put it better myself, sir.
Katsumoto: This is my son's village. We are deep in the mountains, and the winter is coming. You cannot escape.
Nobutada: Jolly Good.
Katsumoto: You do not have to die here.
Algren: I should have died so many time before.
|Release Date||22 November 2003|
|US Box Office||$111,000,000|
|Tagline||In the face of an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Drama, War, History|
|Filming Locations||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Language||English, Japanese, French|
|Sound Mix||DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS|
|Film Class||Historical Epic, Period Film, Samurai Film|
|Themes||Switching Sides, Ninjas, Americans Abroad, Journey of Self-Discovery|
|Tones||Lavish, Rousing, Stirring|